|The Nule cousins - not standing so tall anymore. (Photo: Semana.com)|
|Ivan Moreno on his way to jail. (Photo: El Pais)|
|El Dorado Ave: the canyon which swallowed the Nules and Morenos.|
|Counterattack on the Palace.|
|Escaping from the Justice Palace. Some of those who came out alive were later found dead.|
|Sidewalk plaque in memorium to those 'disappeared' in the Justice Palace episode.|
And, in Colombia's highly inbred politics, these two very different episodes have surprising connections. For one, the ex-M-19 guerrillas belong to Morenos' political party, the Polo Democratico Alternativo. And the M-19 was born out of alleged fraud against Colombian-dictator-turned-presidential-candidate Gustavo Rojas Pinilla, who happens to be the Moreno brothers' grandfather.
These stories are far from finished. One matter is the issue of prison conditions: there've been scandals recently about the pampered conditions in at least one military prison. And the Nules' prison accomodations also caused a stir: the three of them have their own private in-prison house, each with his own bedroom and bath, as well as common areas. That's not only far better than the way ordinary prisoners live, but luxurious compared to the housing of many Colombians outside prison.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours